Water-Related News

Lee County weather stations geared toward water lovers

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By Kevin Lollar

FORT MYERS — Attention fishermen, boaters and windsurfers: For the first time, Lee County has a series of weather stations specifically for people whose recreational and professional activities depend on water conditions.

Researchers from the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Marine Laboratory have added weather stations to three of the organization’s seven existing water-quality stations, called the River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network.

Attached to RECON sites in Redfish Pass, the Gulf of Mexico off the north end of Fort Myers Beach, and the Caloosahatchee River off Fort Myers, the weather stations record data that include temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and wind speed and direction.

What sets apart these stations is that they’re attached to Coast Guard channel markers.